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HHuawei’s P-se­ries phones have been re­defin­ing the smart­phone camera. The P9, launched two years ago, was co-en­gi­neered with Le­ica – the Ger­man camera man­u­fac­turer – and had a dual lens set-up that cap­tured sharp images, in­clud­ing ones with bokeh ef­fect. The P20 Pro takes it up a notch with its for­mi­da­ble AI-pow­ered Le­ica triple camera set-up at the rear – 8-MP sen­sor with tele­photo lens, 40-MP RGB sen­sor with 5x hy­brid zoom and a 20-MP mono­chrome sen­sor. While it may seem con­fus­ing as to what to use when, it re­ally isn’t. All one has to do is se­lect the mode and get click­ing. All the three lenses work in tan­dem – the 40-MP sen­sor cap­tures colours, 20MP sen­sor fo­cusses on depth ef­fect and de­tails, while the 8-MP camera works on hy­brid zoom.

The camera user in­ter­face is easy to mas­ter. The AI fea­ture in auto mode worked well most of the time. It could de­tect scenes such as sun­set, green­ery, por­trait, close-up, text and ad­just the camera set­tings au­to­mat­i­cally. There is an op­tion to turn off the Mas­ter AI mode from the camera set­tings; a quick tog­gle on the camera viewfinder for in­stantly turn­ing it on/off would have been bet­ter. The por­trait mode of­fers mul­ti­ple set­tings for light­ing such as soft, but­ter­fly, split, stage and clas­sic. The night mode cap­tures su­pe­rior low-light images. There is also the Pro mode for man­ual set­tings, and other modes such as panorama and mono­chrome. Over­all, the camera per­for­mance is fault­less – sharp images and great colour re­pro­duc­tion. It is the best smart­phone camera launched in re­cent times, and com­petes with the pow­er­ful Sam­sung Galaxy S9+.

On the de­sign front, the phone is a stun­ner. My re­view unit in blue had a glass body with curved edges and a 6.1-inch full HD+ OLED dis­play. De­spite be­ing of a lower res­o­lu­tion than the Sam­sung Galaxy S9+, the screen is su­per bright. The Huawei P20 Pro is pow­ered by the com­pany’s own Kirin 970 pro­ces­sor, run­ning EMUI 8.1 based on An­droid 8.1 op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

6.1-inch full HD+ Oled dis­play is rich and vibrant

Triple camera mod­ule co-en­gi­neered with Le­ica Price 64,999 `

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